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7/10/07 - Textured Circle & Rhythmic Lines

7/10/07 - Textured Circle & Rhythmic Lines

An abstract natural design. A cone flower close up with macro lens stopped down to f/16 to capture the detail throughout.
The title is based on Freeman Patterson's principles of Visual Design (my interpretation).
Image Design & Composition Guidelines 101 - try to make the spacing of key elements from the edge of the frame the same everywhere. In this case the spacing from the perimeter of the flower's center (a circle made of texture) to the top edge and right edge and the spacing of the ends of the petals (rhythmic lines) from the left edge are all approximately equal. If you don't do this (with good reason) the viewer's mind may be less comfortable with the image without realizing why. In this image, doing this also results in the dominant shape - the circle - being offset and thus avoiding a bulls-eye image (notice that I didn't say "rule of thirds"; I dislike the word "rule"). Since the image was basically monochromatic, I converted it to B&W in order to emphasize the visual design and not the fact that it's a picture of a flower. Lastly, get the composition right in the camera; don't do major cropping in PS and throw away those pixels for which you paid so dearly. This is why tripods were invented - so that you can slow down and compose thoughtfully (and maybe even well).
No Big WOW factor here but simple, relaxing and pleasing to the eye nevertheless. Not an image that I'd tire of quickly (I think - check back in a few months).

Nikon D70s
1/4s f/16.0 at 105.0mm full exif

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Enny10-Jul-2007 14:45
beautiful, love this tone.
DENZA10-Jul-2007 13:06
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography10-Jul-2007 12:42
Superb, Vote.